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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Fitzhugh Lee. From the Times-dispatch, January 5, 1908. (search)
posse) that there was in that young man, they would have switched him off long before he ever reached the famous hill of San Juan. As it was, he only got there, as a smart paragrapher told us at the time, by swimming his horse from Key West to Cuba, with his sword in his mouth. What followed you all know. What remains to be administered (de bonis non) of the spoils of that Spanish War is known only to Him, who understandest man's thoughts afar off. I fear I am too fond of episode for the rich and varied materials which our dear friend's life so amply furnish. My idea is that General Fitz Lee, by reason of his brilliant reputation as a soldier, both at home and abroad; his eclat as the representative of the United States in Cuba, when the hearts of the people went out to him with enthusiastic admiration and warmest approval; his widespread popularity, coextensive with the bounds of the country; his extraordinary personal magnetism, which drew all hearts to him; and the fa